‘Norwich is my hometown club and I always want to see them do well’ - Villa ace Jed Steer on matching Canaries
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Former Norwich City youngster Jed Steer aims to follow his boyhood club to the Premier League at Aston Villa.
The 26-year-old has established himself as Aston Villa’s number one under Dean Smith, and has been passed fit for a reunion after a foot injury suffered in last weekend’s fiery 1-1 Championship draw at Leeds United.
Steer will be needed for the play-offs, and is desperate to match his boyhood club’s achievement.
“That would be fantastic. Norwich is my hometown club and I always want to see them do well,” he said.
“Obviously my focus is on us going up. If we can follow them into the Premier League, I’d be delighted.”
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Steer originally followed Paul Lambert to the Midlands in 2013 but has endured a series of loan spells before grabbing his chance since January.
“I came here as a very young goalkeeper, learning my trade – and I still am,” he said, speaking to Villa’s official site. “I had my loan spells away, which were great. I got my games in.
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“The last couple of years have been very stop-start for me. I had a couple of serious injuries but, in all honesty, they’ve only made me stronger mentally. I am a firm believer that everything happens for a reason.
“Going out to Charlton did me the world of good. It got me going again.
“I’d not played continuous football before that point since I was at Huddersfield. Working with Andy Marshall down there, he really got me firing.
“Coming back here and working with the management team has been top drawer.
“I’ve now managed to get into the team. I’ve loved it.
“We’ve picked up some really good points. I want to stay in the team, of course – that’s my aim. At the end of the day, everyone wants to play.
“You can either sulk about it that you’re not playing or you can embrace it and look to improve every day to become the number one.”